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Hanley, Marlins bring end to Cubs' recent road success

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MIAMI -- Florida Marlins closer Kevin Gregg got a quick shot at redemption.

One night after surrendering a game-winning home run, Gregg pitched a scoreless ninth to help the Florida Marlins snap the Chicago Cubs' nine-game road winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

Hanley Ramirez homered and Cody Ross singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Anibal Sanchez (2-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Marlins, who avoided tying a season-high four-game losing streak.

Gregg earned his 27th save in 33 chances by striking out Mike Fontenot to end the game with Cubs on first and second. Gregg had given up a three-run homer to pinch hitter Daryle Ward on Friday night.

"That's what we do, we live for these situations," Gregg said. "The game's on the line and we're out there going for it."

Henry Blanco homered for the Cubs, who had won five straight overall and hadn't lost a road game since July 22, at Arizona.

"Let's win another nine and no one will remember this one," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

The Cubs began the day with the best record in the National League and a 5½ game lead in the NL Central over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Marlins remained in third place in the NL East, 3½ games behind the New York Mets.

Chicago's Sean Marshall (2-3) gave up two runs, four hits and matched his career-high with eight strikeouts in five innings in his first start since July 6.

"I take a lot of positives from the game," Marshall said. "I hadn't been on the hill to start in a while. I felt I had command of my pitches."

Sanchez allowed one run and three hits, walking five and striking out six. In his last two starts, he has 14 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. Sanchez won 10 games and threw a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006, then missed most of last season and more than half of this one because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in June 2007. He made his first start this season on July 31.

Florida went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Ross singled home Jeremy Hermida from second.

Hermida led off with a walk and took second on Matt Treanor's ground out. Sanchez struck out and Ramirez was walked intentionally before Ross lined Marshall's first pitch into right for a single.

"Nothing he throws is straight," Ross said. "He threw me a little cutter that ran in. I just told myself, 'Get jammed and try to hit it to the right side' and luckily for us I did."

Blanco homered to left-center with two out in the fourth to tie it at 1. It was Blanco's third homer.

Ramirez's 27th home run gave Florida a 1-0 lead in the first. It was Ramirez's 22nd career leadoff homer and seventh this season.

Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano struck out pinch-hitting for reliever Bob Howry in the seventh. Zambrano is hitting .357 in 70 at-bats this season. He's 1-for-6 (.167) as a pinch hitter.

Notes

  • Veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca joined the Marlins after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Derrek Lee's ninth-inning single was career hit No. 1,500.
  • The game drew a season-high crowd 39,124, with more than half seemingly cheering on the Cubs.
  • In the third inning, Ward went halfway to first base before being called back to the batter's box. Ward thought he had walked but Sanchez's previous pitch made the count 3-1.
  • Florida is one of four teams (Cubs, Angels, Yankees) to not have a losing streak of five or more games.
 
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His helmet is dirty, but Hanley Ramirez swings clean through a 2-1 pitch for a first-inning homer. (AP)
His helmet is dirty, but Hanley Ramirez swings clean through a 2-1 pitch for a first-inning homer. (AP)

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Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020100 .295
Ryan Theriot, SS3000211 .316
Jim Edmonds, CF2000100 .238
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-CF2010011 .305
Daryle Ward, 1B2000110 .222
   b- Derrek Lee, PH-1B2010003 .289
Mike Fontenot, 2B4010115 .285
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3010111 .270
Mark DeRosa, 3B4000022 .279
Henry Blanco, C3111002 .284
   c- Geovany Soto, PH-C1010000 .288
Sean Marshall, P2000020 .375
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   d- Carlos Zambrano, PH1000010 .357
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   e- Aramis Ramirez, PH1000002 .285
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals34181710  
a-singled for Edmonds in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Ward in the 7th
c-singled for Blanco in the 8th
d-struck out for Howry in the 7th
e-grounded out for Samardzija in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (19, Sanchez)
HR - Henry Blanco (3, Sanchez)
RBI - Henry Blanco (8)
2-OUT RBI - Henry Blanco (2)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (12, 2nd base off Kensing/Treanor)
PK - Alfonso Soriano (2, Sanchez)
Team LOB - 13
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,2-3) 5422381 3.56
Bob Howry 1000100 5.43
Jeff Samardzija 1000110 1.23
Carlos Marmol 1000010 2.85
IBB - H. Ramirez by Sean Marshall, by Cantu
HBP - Hermida (by Sean Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 77-47, Bob Howry 23-14, Jeff Samardzija 16-9, Carlos Marmol 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 4-2, Jeff Samardzija 2-0
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 22, Bob Howry 4, Jeff Samardzija 4, Carlos Marmol 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3121110 .297
Cody Ross, CF-RF3011111 .257
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B3000121 .280
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000023 .243
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4010000 .263
Josh Willingham, LF4000021 .259
Jeremy Hermida, RF0100200 .253
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .252
Matt Treanor, C3000013 .237
Anibal Sanchez, P2000013 .000
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .265
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF1000000 .257
Totals27242510  
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (27, Marshall), Dan Uggla (31, Marshall)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (27, Marshall)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (56), Cody Ross (57)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross (23)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (12, 3rd base by Marshall/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Anibal Sanchez (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,2-2) 5.1311561 3.52
Mark Hendrickson (H,2) 0.2000010 5.67
Logan Kensing (H,4) 0.2100110 3.94
Arthur Rhodes0100000 2.52
Matt Lindstrom (H,12) 1.1200000 3.19
Kevin Gregg (S,27) 1100120 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 96-54, Mark Hendrickson 12-8, Logan Kensing 13-8, Arthur Rhodes 4-3, Matt Lindstrom 16-16, Kevin Gregg 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-4, Matt Lindstrom 2-2, Kevin Gregg 1-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 23, Mark Hendrickson 2, Logan Kensing 4, Arthur Rhodes 1, Matt Lindstrom 6, Kevin Gregg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39124
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Bill Miller